This summer I was having some beers in Prague with a teacher friend.
I’ve known him a long time, since I started teaching in 2004.
He’s a good teacher, very professional, and he charges companies a lot of money for his classes.
But when I told him I tell my students, “Don’t study” he looked like he would have a heart attack in his beer.
A New Language
This week I’m trying to solve a problem.
Students who are new to my world speak a different language.
They say words like “test” and “homework” and “study.”
I say, Those words are for kids.
When you’re an adult, you don’t need a test; you need to always be using your English or else you’ll forget it. And a test won’t tell you that.
You also need to enjoy your English; homework is dull and boring.
And regarding studying, well, I say DO English; don’t study it.
You already know more rules than the average native speaker.
It’s time to do English, like you do yoga… do karate… or do archery.
What does it mean to “do” English?
I’ll explain more tomorrow.